• Report: #357331
Complaint Review:

Gregory Laka & Company

  • Submitted: Wed, July 30, 2008
  • Updated: Wed, December 12, 2012

  • Reported By:Chicago Illinois
Gregory Laka & Company
105 West Adams Street Chicago, Illinois U.S.A.

Laka And Company, Gregory Laka & Company Commission only sweat shop Chicago Illinois

*REBUTTAL Individual responds: You have it all figured out. Nice work!

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Message to Greg "David" AKA Laka

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Vicious attacks unwarranted

*UPDATE Employee: Proud to be Laka Alumni

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Greg Laka & Company - "Bad Company or just a bad job decision!"

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: There is no mystery as to why there are so many reviews that tell the same story about GL&Co

*UPDATE Employee: Employee of the Company

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Grain of Salt

*Consumer Comment: Greg Laka Recruting Placement Excellence

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: I worked there for a week

*Consumer Comment: Disappointing Article

*UPDATE EX-employee responds: Retire and Go Home Mr Laka

*UPDATE Employee: Person with an axe to gring

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They once got my resume from monster or some job site. I was trying to get a sales job. The lady who called me said she was impressed by my resume and started arse kissing. I got suspicious and asked it is was a commission - only job ( something that I did not want - I wanted a base salary ) and she blatantly lied and said that there was a good base salary.

the next day I went for interview. Mr Laka went on with his spiel and then switched to how great of a christian he . Well closer to the church - further from GOD. he then tried to convince me to work for him for this commission- only bullshit.

I was absolutely stunned- these folks lie so blatantly and shamelessly. I dont know what otehr fraud does Mr Laka do. But he has this devious way of tricking people into working for him on commission- only basis and he doesnt have any compunction about having his staff lie to people on fone so that they come for interview.

I really want to create a section on this website for companies who abuse slaespeople by this commission- only bullshit. Well there is nothing wrong in having such a business practice. but there is everything worng in tricking people to attend interviews which will waste time and lying to people blatantly that the job is not conmmission only.

Beware of Laka

Bringback honesty
Chicago, Illinois

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#1 REBUTTAL Individual responds

You have it all figured out. Nice work!

AUTHOR: Greg David - (U.S.A.)

Wow.  You have it all figured out.  You are a real detective, aren't you?  Maybe since you know it all and have it all figured out you can find out all the answers that inquiring minds want to know.  You know---where is Jimmy Hoffa buried?  Are there really aliens amongst us?  Will the Cubs ever win a world series again?  

What I find most revealing is what an angry elf you are in your post.  Lots of accusations, lots of inflammatory commentary, lots of unfounded accusations, and lots of name calling and insinuation.  Obviously "Mike" you have some sort of issue and find a need to just bash, bash, bash.  Your post speaks loudly about who and what your motivation is----to mudsling and to take potshots.  As to why, I really don't care.

I'll let the comments here of others who chose to write and speak well, as well as the positive comments elsewhere speak for themselves. I'll let the great relationships we have with individuals and organizations speak for themselves.  You don't exist for the last 23 years of my being in the industry and the last 50+ years my father has been in the industry without merit.  Somehow, for some reason, you are a self appointed critic but in plain view, your post stands on what it is---a convoluted hodgepodge of.....nothing.  It is nothing but a relentless rant but it is my sincere hope that it did serve some therapeutic value for you to purge yourself.  

Maybe next time I suggest a laxative/bowel movement or an orgasm.  You obviously have not had either in a while and you are a little worked up over it.




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#2 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Message to Greg "David" AKA Laka

AUTHOR: thesoothsayer - ()

Greg "David",

I find it funny that every time there is a negative comment, there are 2-3 past "employees" who instantly respond how great the company is, and then silence for a year or so.  

ALL of the positive comments share a common theme, no matter who they come from....

"or they failed miserably which is not uncommon in recruitment and they need to play the blame game as a self defense mechanism."

 "you (a) never worked there or (b) you did and you probably failed miserably."

 "It takes a stand-up person to admit that there is nothing bad with the company they choose, but just that a bad employment decision took place."

 "Whoever made this report must have had a bad experience, and that is fine.  But be an adult and walk away with pride."

These four quotes come from different posters, directly after a negative post, and are parallel the comments you use to try to silence people that worked for your sweat shop.  And if you look above before you post on ripoffreport.com, it states to NOT use your name or attach an email address because of sleazy folks like you, who will aggressively go after people, so no one is hiding behind a handle, they are the forum rules and protect people from your type.  Any intelligent person, who is not completely desperate for money, will read these threads and know that walking away is the best option.

Any person who considers working for Laka......better to be a crack w***e or low level drug dealer than getting involved with these punks....

Any company who considers using Laka as a search firm to find employees is dancing with the devil........

If you need more info, Ripoff Report is not the only site that has info on this company, here are a few other links...

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"This business is NOT BBB accredited" and has an alert out on them.

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On almost all of these sites, immediately following a negative review, there is an "ex-employee" or a "client" who goes to bat for Laka.  In reality, they are all Greg David.  What "ex-employee" looks for a post on their old employer and needs to set the record straight......immediately after a negative post.........and use the same verbiage as every post in the past.

Greg, you are pathetic.......no go ahead and post another comment from an "ex-employee" or "client" who had a great experience and PROVE ME RIGHT!!!!


PS  Notice that the article on themayreport.com from your brother Mike detailing your dysfunctional family and your falling out has been removed........Did you guys make up and bury the hatchet?

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#3 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Vicious attacks unwarranted

AUTHOR: Tech Recruiter - (United States of America)

It is sad to see people use the Internet to do harm and viciously attack people, whether it is anonymously or not.  Clearly there is some significant malice on the part of the negative posters here who are attempting to smear the name of the firm and it's leadership.

Having worked for Gregory Laka & Company for more than 3 years, I can easily state that my experience was completely different than those above.  Although I no longer work there, I still reminisce about my experience and although it was my first job in the recruiting business it was also my best and they gave me my start.  Without them, their training, their patience, and their support, I'd never have been successful in this business, and since then working at other places seeing literally hundreds of other recruiters who weren't as lucky as I was to learn the foundation of the business the "right way", I am more than thankful and grateful at the rewarding experience I had while working there.

Because I currently work for another firm, I'd rather not use my name in this posting (I am sure my current employer and boss wouldn't like me speaking up for another firm in the industry who we may compete with), but it is out of a sense to right a wrong that I speak up.  So yes, I am anonymous but I am not hiding behind anonymity to sling mud, or taking pot shots at the firm because I failed and couldn't hack it.  I am speaking up because clearly this mudslinging is wrong and it is very personal and inaccurate based on my experience both while working there and from what I have observed while remaining in touch with multiple employees.

If you know anything about the recruiting business, it is a tough business to break into.  It is even harder to stay in it over the long run, and it is even harder to be successful in it over 10-20 years or longer.  And thanks to the incredible training and education I received, I've been able to do just that.  And so has the Laka organization.  You don't exist in this industry since the 1960's by not being an expert and by not being reputable.  The only reason I left was due to a family situation in which I needed to work in a different geographic location but had that not have been the case, frankly, I'd consider myself lucky to be part of their team knowing what I know about my past with them, and how well I was treated.  You could not ask for better training and better coaching and mentoring.

What is bothering to me in the above comments are some clear inaccuracies that I note right off the top which tells me the people writing these never worked there and have malicious reasons for smearing the name of the firm altogether, or they failed miserably which is not uncommon in recruitment and they need to play the blame game as a self defense mechanism.

Here are just a few blatant errors that tip me off to a smear campaign right off the bat:

They have never had work hours beginning at 7:30 am.  Those weren't the hours when I worked there and they weren't the hours after (I stay in touch with others working there and so I checked to see if they changed---they haven't).

They have never had an employee of the week award.  Why that was made up is beyond me.

This is NOT a commission only job and the pay plan is pretty straight forward. Commission are huge---they pay about the best in the industry.  Not a mathematician, if I can figure it out, so can you.  To say it is anything like is negatively stated above is just not accurate.  I and many others made 80K their first year and several of us also made more that first year.  And we pushed ourselves to learn more and be more and we stuck with it, and it worked just as they stated.  But it is not a hand out so if that is what you want, then keep moving.  

If the same person above who wrote this made two placements in the first week.....cough.....cough....(that is pathetically ridiculous to even make that claim), the Laka's would be working for you and you would be signing their paycheck because that is completely ridiculous.  It just is not possible.  For you to state that just tells me you (a) never worked there or (b) you did and you probably failed miserably.  Newsflash:  people fail all the time and you don't have to criticize others for not succeeding.  Did you ever consider that maybe the business was not for you?  Let it go.  Move on.  You talked two people into jumping ship their first week?  I'll be laughing at that suggestion for a long time and so will anyone who knows and understand the business and industry.

So another person comments about them practicing their faith in the workplace?  Really?  Are you kidding me?  Look around the world today and you tell me that is something to complain about?  Are you that out of touch?  Look at all the craziness in the world and perhaps it is our society moving further and further away from God that has something to do with all this widespread insanity!  I am not a Christian, and I never found their reference to faith in general to be offensive---quite the opposite.  I found their culture to be one based on values, a clear and direct mission statement focused on people and giving unto others, and I wish more firms were like them.  
As a non-Christian, I do practice my faith and I never had an issue with their reference to God.  Also, I never heard them reference their Catholic faith or favor the Christian faith either in more than 3 years for what it is worth.  Their emphasis was on God, or a higher power.  I even recall Greg David in training saying and if you did not believe in God or practice your faith, that was your personal right, but he always then referred to a concept of the Golden Rule.  And as far as them having you develop your goals, they never asked anyone to include their spiritual goals---although that was something that some did on their own, and I know I and a couple of others did share ours with them because Greg and Greg were great coaches for us to help us learn how to get where we wanted to be.  There were always two 'optional' areas of goal setting (health was the other one) and it was always this way.  To state otherwise just is not truthful nor accurate.

You know, life is interesting.  If more organizations talked about God in general, or at least had a culture grounded in a higher power, or preached living the Golden Rule, and if those same firms helped their employees define and achieve their goals, and provided guidance towards a better life as a result, then maybe the crazy corporate culture of greed would not exist on Wallstreet today and maybe the world would be a better place.

Greg and Greg are in fact father and son, and another newsflash:  It is not done to deceive or harm.  It is done, and it is widely known, to stop confusion.  There is no Greg Sr. and there is no Greg Jr. because another newsflash----they have different middle names.  After much confusion when Greg the son joined the firm back in the early 1990's, they had him use his middle name so they could stop getting each other's phone calls.  Wow.  The goofs above citing lying or any other such nonsense are really grasping at straws.  If you work there for any length of time, you completely know why they do it.  Sorry.  No drama or conspiracy there for you to point to.

As a rule, you will probably not find two better bosses or coaches than Greg and Greg and I mean that wholeheartedly and unconditionally.  Their training program is not easy (thank God I learned the right way) and they are demanding because they want people to succeed and do well.  They challenge people to learn and grow, and it is a tough, competitive business and industry that we are all in, but to attack them because they are not easy, let you do anything you want like pushovers is ridiculous.  To look around and see how many of my co-workers and I made well into the 6 digits while learning a reputable and worthy trade, and learning it the right way, was something of real admiration.  These two guys and the others they trained to help others, train others, and work collaboratively as a team---we all owe them.  And although sometimes I could not even grasp what they were talking about or what they were envisioning (I had a lot to learn and thought I knew it all like many young professionals early in their career), looking back---they were molding me and growing me even when I did not see it so easily.  Thankfully I stuck in there and persevered because they didn't just teach me a trade---they taught me a way to live that was better and more whole than I knew.  They made me a better person, son, husband, and now a father.  

Now if you are looking for an easy buck, there isn't one.  Not here---not anywhere. If you are not a competitor, and you cannot rise to the occasion, then go work in retail or some other profession where customers come to you.  

But if you wish to have a career, learn a profession the right way, and build a solid career and life foundation to last you a life time, then you should talk to them if they are hiring.  But be prepared----like all worthwhile things in life, you have to pay the price.  It doesn't come easy.  And it is you that has to change (i.e. grow) in order to have what you are not having today.  

To the entire Laka organization---thank you for the opportunity, the patience, the support, and for believing in me even when I probably didn't deserve it.  You have no idea how much you impacted my life, my future, and made me a better person.  

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Proud to be Laka Alumni

AUTHOR: Natasha Draskovich - (United States of America)

Great company! I can not recommend highly enough. First class psychology of sales, business development and relationship building training, to last you a life time - serving the best Chicago land clients. The kind of company you get connected to forever. Thanks to a learning curve you gain the kind of training that no MBA can offer. Demanding and very much team and result oriented approach with exceptionally gifted and inspiring leadership. I am proud to be Laka alumni.
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#5 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Greg Laka & Company - "Bad Company or just a bad job decision!"

AUTHOR: David - (United States of America)

I worked several years ago for Greg Laka & Company and found the work environment uplifting and pressure filled. Yes, pressure filled, it was a sales position and the only true sales positions are those based on 100% commission for compensation. Most insurance companies pay their agents this way. Any one who takes a position with Greg Laka & Company has the ability to earn a great deal of money if they succeed, and historically those who follow the system do succeed. The system deals with helping people make a decision to change jobs and that's a difficult challenge for both that individual and the recruiter helping them make the decision. If individuals - especially the person who complained through this source- are put off by this arrangement it's likely they were not meant to be in a job driven by performance pressure with commission paid for making sales. Talk to someone who is succeeding in this career and they love the pressure and enjoy the compensation.

Greg Laka & Company is headed by people who believe in God and are not afraid to profess that. People who do not believe in God are uncomfortable with those who do. The person who complained about God being a part of this companies philosophy either does not believe in a spiritual being or is not willing to admit it publicly. Here again this individual made a bad business decision and chose the wrong company to work for.

Finally, my decision to leave Greg Laka & Company was not because it was the wrong company, but I was not the right person for this company. Since my departure, I've spent 35 years in the financial services industry selling products and providing advice. Most if not all of my compensation has come from commission or commission driven incentives. I like sales, I did not like sitting at a desk and working from the phone, and that is why I no longer work for these folks. They aren't bad and I'm not bad, there was a bad fit.

It would make better sense for a disgruntled ex-employee to express their feelings directly to that company rather than use this venue to "slam" there former employer. It takes a stand-up person to admit that there is nothing bad with the company they choose, but just that a bad employment decision took place.
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#6 UPDATE EX-employee responds

There is no mystery as to why there are so many reviews that tell the same story about GL&Co

AUTHOR: Max Brink - (USA)

A friend of mine recently sent me a link to this article and I feel compelled to share my story of working with GL&Co in order to help others avoid the mistake that I made accepting a job with this company.

Even though these reviews are subject to the authors' experience the overall message is very true based upon my six months working for the company. If anyone is considering a position here or currently working with this company I highly recommend that you take this reviewand many other online reviews like it that the Lakas try to denyvery seriously. ***The fact that you can find reviews very much like this posted online over the past half decade is clear evidence that there is a lot of truth in these reviews.***

To GL&Cos defense all of the terms of the commission against draw are clearly laid out in their contracts but they use deceiving language in the interview that gives you an unrealistic idea of your future take home pay. For instance, during the interview Greg Laka Sr. makes an excellent sales pitch where he claims that everyone that has worked for the company for over a year has made more than $80k that year, but what he doesnt tell you is how many people have actually worked there for over one year. According to another employee that worked there for over five years more than 80+ recruiters were hired to work there while he was employed and less than four people lasted more than one year and less than that ever saw commissions exceeding their draw. This seems accurate because in the six months that I worked there I saw more than a dozen other employees that spent between three days to three months working there before leaving. The main reason for this high turnover rate is the boiler room culture of the company and the intimidation tactics of Greg Laka (Sr.) and Greg David Laka.

When Jason says be an adult and walk away with pride, this is a perfect example of the kind of intimidation and condescending culture that is promoted by Greg Laka Sr. and Greg David Laka. This attitude of stifling the voices of others by comparing them to children (or misfits as Greg David regularly referred to others) is very present within the day to day meetings and communication at the GL&Co office. Posts like these made on the Gregs behalf are intended to make other past employees think twice about responding. Since I am no longer working within the industry of recruiting I feel that it is important to make a post (and without anonymity).

The Gregs used a lot of these intimidation tactics with their employees by requiring employees to submit their own personal, spiritual, and professional goals for them to review. These personal details were later used in order to play to manipulate and intimidate the employees by alluding to the personal information day to day during group meetings. Looking back, it is unbelievable to think of the personal information that I offered to their company since it was simply a ploy to use against the junior recruiters.

I can also attest to the fact that the Lakas subject everyone within their office to their personal Catholic doctrine and worldview. I have never heard of anyone passing judgment based on their own religious beliefs as freely and regularly as the Lakas (and I attended a very conservative Catholic high school). For instance, one of the final mornings that I was working at GL&Co Greg David Laka was boasting about how he convinced a woman to accept an interview or job after intimidating her by telling her that she would be a bad mother and it would be a sin for her to not accept the position. He went on to say that he had her in tears before the end of the conversation and she agreed to take the interview. He also frequently made judgments onto others saying that even employees or clients were going to hell, bad Christians, or not living out Gods plan for them. The recruiters were encouraged to use tactics like this in order to sell recruits on new job opportunities. Regardless of anyones religious background I feel that stating that one knows the will of God is the epitome of ones own arrogance.  

If anyone is considering a position with this company or working with them, please search for more reviews and you will find many more stories like these. I left the company a little over a year ago and a friend of mine sent me a link after coming across this post. With a little intuition you will know right away who is genuinely trying to help others and who is trying to cover up the bad practices of Gregory Laka and Co.

Best regards to anyone this may help,
Max Brink
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#7 UPDATE Employee

Employee of the Company

AUTHOR: Jason Cress - (United States of America)

This is my second position in sales.  The first one was with a company that can be accurately described best by the initial post here.  Gregory Laka and Company has been around since 1964 HELPING people find new positions.  They have always suggested to me as a new sales person how to do things the right way because when you put good things into the universe, you will get good back.  The people who are respondind negatively here to what this company is are clearly not a fan of the style, and that is ok.  But to bad mouth people who are genuinely good people is ludacris.  I have experienced nothing but warmth, compassion, and kindness in getting me to be not only the best recruiter, but a better man.  I can tell when people get mad and say untrue things about others because they thing revenge is the best way.  Whoever made this report must have had a bad experience, and that is fine.  But be an adult and walk away with pride.  I do nto understand how people think acting like this and badmouthing people will benefit them personally.  I appreciate all that Greg Laka and his company have done for my career.  I am more comfortable with myself, and my future, than I ever have before.  If anyone ever has a question on my experience here I encourage them to reach out to me on Linked in or email or however they choose.  No matter what happens, I will always be thankful for the time I have spent with Gregory Laka and Company and will forever have only positive things to say about the people, the environment, and the new start they gave me at a life that I always wanted. 
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#8 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Grain of Salt

AUTHOR: Robert Sieger - (United States of America)

First of all - I would like to start out that any anonymous posts should always be taken with a very large grain of salt. If you have ANYTHING to say, say it using your name. A name provides validity.  And not just a handle - but at least have the courage to provide your real name and email address.

Ok - so that being said, I worked for Laka early in my career and I have to say that I do not agree at all with the portrait that has been painted by this obvious disgruntled person. I credit Laka for many of my success in life - they taught many things aside from salesmanship. I got my start in IT because of what I learned from Laka. I started my first company because of what I learned from Laka. And so on and so on. The opportunities that I was able to leverage from my time at Laka have been endless and I will always be grateful for the time I spent there.

Any job opportunity is what you make of it. We live in an entitled society, for some reason people expect to have salaries handed to them, not to earn them. Especially in sales - if you are good, you don't want to be on a salary, you WANT commission; endless commissions that you build with your efforts - endless commissions that reward you for your hard efforts. In this regard, I always though Laka was generous.

As far as either of the Gregs (Jr & SR) - I found them to be engaging, motivating, positive and probably the best owners I have ever had the pleasure to work for. It is their example that I use in running my current organization.

On a final note; you reap what you sow. I found nothing but opportunity and advancement within the Laka organization. I would recommend them highly!
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#9 Consumer Comment

Greg Laka Recruting Placement Excellence

AUTHOR: ckdavis - (United States of America)

I have worked with Greg Laka and his recruiters since the 80's  and of all the recruiting agencies I worked with his was one of the best.  First, let me state, that I find this negative comment from an ex-employee  is not representative of my experience with this company.  My first experience was as a programmer looking for a  new position where they found me a great position that I florished in and rose to management.  Greg Laka and Company passed an extensive review and was placed on the Preferred Vendors list for the truck manufacture that I worked for.  I then used his services, along with others in the company, to fill key positions.  All of the people we hired were exceptional talent.  Just to illustrate this point, one of the programmers wrote a graphical based application that showed how to make custom wiring harnesses for trucks. This application saved the company $2 million a year they had been spending correcting wiring errors.  I've been in the IT industry since 1978 and what Greg Laka does is establish a long standing relationship with his clients. They are not like some recruiting agencies that place  you and you never hear from them again.   I  suggest to anyone in the IT industry to establish a relationship with a recruiter.  Because you never know when you are going to need them.  With so many people looking for employment, it's  good to have a company that can find you the right talent for the position.   Charles K. Davis
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#10 UPDATE EX-employee responds

I worked there for a week

AUTHOR: Twitch - (United States of America)

I applied for a job there and worked there for about a week.  I believe everything in the initial article is accurate and consistent with my experience as well.

I was initially turned off by the same type of double talk about how Christian the company was and how Greg left home at 14 to become a Catholic Priest.  There was a lot of Rah Rah sales stuff going on in the morning, to be expected from a sales position though.  

After about three days of work in the downtown office, I steadily grew uncomfortable with the tactics that were being used and what I was being taught to do.  There were good sales tactics, little white lies, and shameless blatant lies that a rep was expected to use.  I spoke with several people about this and on the Friday of my first week, I decided that this was not the position for me.  I called Greg David who was the manager of the downtown location.  It is true, he cannot even tell the truth about his name, he is Gregory David Laka.  Maybe there was an attempt to change his last name so it didnt look like he rode his fathers coat tails to a job and looked like he bootstrapped himself, but it is hard to hide your real name.  I know this to be true as well as Greg Lakas other son, Mike Jeffries, who I would assume is Mike Jeffrey Laka if he is like his big bro.

In the week I worked there, Mike Jeffries won the employee of the week award!!  LOL, Somewhat sad.

Mike ended up leaving in a sordid affair between himself and his brother and father.  There was lots of mud slinging and public exposure.

Anyway, after being promised that is was not straight commission, lured in with a base pay, and putting in a week of work for them and actually getting them 2 prospective IT Pros to jump ship on their company in the first week, I was told by Greg David that I was a quitter and couldn't hack it and wasn't getting paid anything cause I didnt do anything.  I was pretty offended, tried to handle it like a mature adult and in a professional voice explained why I was leaving, specifically, the lies, the extraordinary amount of pressure you put on random IT professionals to leave their job, and the shady tactics that are used making you feel anything but Christian.  Greg David turned into a 10 year old child who lost his first little league game.  He called me a P*&%Y, said I was "weak" and would never make money in this world.

I really can't even get mad because it is pretty laughable and was a bit of entertainment for my wife and I.  However, the unfunny part was the hours:
730am to 500pm M, W, F
730am to 900pm Tu and Th
Pretty substantial week to not get paid a lick but I did learn an invaluable lesson from this dilemma...
1.  Gregory Laka and Company are unethical and unprofessional, and that is the nicest I can be
2.  If it smells like a duck and walks like a duck it is a duck
3.  Grown men throw adult temper tantrums no matter how old they get, just tell them the truth if they have no character, they will prove it to you

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#11 Consumer Comment

Disappointing Article

AUTHOR: pgaranz - (United States of America)

Last week I agreed to interview with Gregory Laka and nearly cancelled the interview after reading this article.  In the end I was offered a job, but did not accept the position.  In my opinion this article is a blatant lie about Mr. Laka and I would encourage anyone interested in a sales position to speak with his company.

Mr. Laka never lied or even sugar coated the job for me.  This is a sales job, yes it is stressful, and a lot of people are not cut out for the work.  To say he is 'tricking' people to work in a commission only job is ridiculous.  Mr. Laka even gives new employees a pay draw to ensure that throughout the several week long sales training he provides, new employees will have a solid income to live on.

I have no affiliation with this company, but would encourage anyone who is interested in a sales job to interview with Gregory Laka and Co.  

The article above is a great example of how you should not believe everything you read on the internet.

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#12 UPDATE EX-employee responds

Retire and Go Home Mr Laka

AUTHOR: honest&genuine - (United States of America)


I would like to say first that Greg David that replied to this posting and said that he is on his 16th anniversary with the company, is Gregory Laka's son.

What the person who filed this claim has to say about Gregory Laka and Company is true but is only the beginning of the problems with that company.  I left the company this Friday after three weeks of intolerable circumstances which included "attempts" to intimidate, humiliate, abuse and embarrass me.  While I was there I experienced things I did not even know still went on in the workplace in the year 2010.  We would begin our day being forced to listen to various "inspirational" speeches by Jim Rohn which were based on Christianity and made many references to Christianity.  So we would begin our day all "Christian like".   But, at the end of the day when Gregory Laka decided he wanted to hear himself talk.. he would call me and two of my other co workers in a private conference room (I would like to make it known that all three of us were female) and he would attempt to pit us against each other by telling one that she did much better than the rest of us and could attend the meeting and listen if she liked or stay at her desk.  He would berate us and belittle us and make unrealistic demands.  I spoke up and asked what he suggest I do differently to meet his demands and he responded by answering in an abusive tone saying things like "I don't know what to tell you to do differently.  No one told me what to f****ing do when I first f****ing started".. etc etc.  I found it very hypocritical that we begun our day listening to Jim Rohn and ended our day being yelled at and abused and hearing the "F" word about ten times in two minutes.  I also experienced racist and chauvinistic comments and so much more I don't even have time to list on here.  I finally left Friday morning when we were again pulled into a private conference room and he went off again and tried to humiliate and belittle me that I finally said I had had enough.

All I can say to anyone who is considering working for Greg Laka and Company is "good luck".  If there is any money to be made there..(key word "IF")..you won't make it before 6 months and in the meantime you will be making draw (a very minimum draw of about $8 to $10 per hour) against commission which will be deducted from your first commission IF you ever get one.  He wants to act like he owns your time when he pulls you away from working and trying to make this "impossible" money to listen to him rant and rave and belittle and humiliate you..but.. if you are sick one day.. you do not get paid for that day.  I found that out when I got one of my weekly paychecks.  It wasn't in my contract..no one told me..I was just $70 short on my check and asked the receptionist who gave it to me and that's when I found out that policy.  So..you pay for your time to be there to make money for him but he acts like he owns your time by making you listen to his silly lectures which include references to "Adam and Eve" along with the "F" word when possible. 

Supposedly they have been doing this for 40 years, but there was only 1 recruiter there when I came in my first day with the other two women who were there for their first day.  When I asked the recruiter who had been there supposedly for a year before we arrived how much money he made, he could not give me a direct answer and he was having as much trouble getting interviews and people placed that we were as new recruits.  Also, Greg Laka sat there all day recruiting and did not land one interview or place one candidate in the three weeks I was there. 

I do not want to say everything that is wrong with this place on here right now because I am going to retain legal counsel for what I had been through there.  I am open to any attorneys who would like to contact me to discuss this because my situation there was unbearable to the point that I could not stay and could not do my work effectively.

All I can say to any decent people who consider working there, working with, or accepting work from Greg Laka.. is STAY AWAY!!!  I could not stay another day at that place and be associated with that name without compromising my values and integrity. 

(Also..there is only one woman left there now out of us three women who all started there the same time three weeks ago)

Honest and Genuine
Chicago Illinois
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#13 UPDATE Employee

Person with an axe to gring

AUTHOR: Greg David - (U.S.A.)

I just celebrated my 16th anniversary with the firm, and I am completely surprised by this attack.

First of all, this person's claims are not only incorrect---this is NOT a straight commission job---if you examine the person's attack and personal negative comments on the people he/she either met or spoke to on the phone, it is obvious they have an axe to grind.

Not only is the report wrong, I think the repeated use of vulgarity and overall tone of the letter gives you an idea that has some sort of hidden agenda.

Interestingly enough, this person also copied and pasted their response to this web site repeatedly to our web site general email box using the name Larry Ziegler and Larry Wilson from the email address phatlarry@yahoo.com, and from our response from our ISP, was trying to falsify their name, web address, in an effort to use the Internet to harrass. According to the ISP, use of the Internet or any other means of communication to harrass is against the law and pursuable in Cook County where our office resides in Chicago, IL.

Hopefully they have it out of their system or can find more constructive use of their energy.

In any event, if they actually did interview with our firm, after reading their emails to our web site thoughout the day, and on this site, I am pleased that they are not representing our firm.
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